Metropolitan’s Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) provides funding in cooperation with the U.S. EPA, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), and the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and Southern California Gas Company (SCG) aimed at discovering the next generation of water- and energy-saving devices and technologies.
Hidden in plain sight, this year’s $500,000 ICP cycle focuses on water-saving devices, technologies and strategy proposals that address the water/energy nexus. Awards will be made in two funding categories: up to $30,000 and between $30,000 and $100,000. Proposals that address other aspects of water-use efficiency also will be considered. All proposals are due within the next four weeks.
Metropolitan’s Water Resources Management Group and Business Outreach’s H2O TECHCONNECT Team invites the water industry, innovators, universities, entrepreneurs, incubators, startups, emerging technologies, water conservation businesses, business plan competitors, and non-profit organizations to participate.
We encourage anyone with water saving innovation, technology, strategy or device to come learn how to apply now. This is also an opportunity to connect with your local water agency, non-profits, university, or fellow innovators to partner, apply and respond to the RFP.
Keynote Presentation by:
Marcia Ferreira, PhD – ICP Program Manager MWD
Moderated Panel Discussion also includes:
Rod Abbott – The Bay Foundation (2014 Grant Winner)
Carlo Gavina - Southern California Gas Company
Speaker Bios below
Friday, April 29th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
La Kretz Innovation Campus
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
525 S. Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
LAVA Members: Free
Dr. Marcia Ferreira - Metropolitan Water District
Dr. Marcia Ferreira is a multi-disciplinary water resources engineer who has experience working in academic and public sectors. Currently she works for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in projects that span the fields of water use efficiency and water resources data analyses. She is also the program manager for the "Innovative Conservation Program" (http://bewaterwise.com/icp.html) a research-focused grant funding opportunity sponsored by Metropolitan, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Environmental Protection Agency, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Central Arizona Project, and the Southern California Gas Company.
Dr. Ferreira has experience writing grant proposals and has received the National Science Foundation Fellowship, the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, and the CSUN Presidential Scholars Scholarship. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Eddy Medal by the Water Environmental Federation for her research in stormwater runoff treatment. She has received a B.S. in Environmental Geology from CSUN, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from UCLA.
Rod Abbott - The Bay Foundation
As the Watershed Programs Coordinator for The Bay Foundation, Rod Abbott leads and coordinates water conservation, rainwater harvesting, scientific monitoring, and outreach programs. His diverse interests allow for successful implementation of projects ranging from stream and dune restorations to developing a nation-wide volunteer and student internship program. Additionally, since 2013, he has been an integral part of working towards the state-wide standardization of scientific wetland monitoring that includes the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, the Malibu Lagoon State Park, and the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Besides managing the Metropolitan Water District’s Innovation Conservation Program grant, he lead a highly successful LADWP Outreach Grant that produced an award winning public service announcement and reached millions with energy and water conservation tools and incentives.